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District Announcements
Christmas Play, 2015
Annual Title I Meeting
The annual Title I public meeting for the Pontotoc City School District will be held at Pontotoc Elementary School, on Monday, November 16, 2015, and at DT Cox Elementary School on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 5:30 PM. †Everyone is invited to attend. ††
Honor Choir
MMEA All-State Elementary Honor Choir Participants
Three students from Pontotoc†Middle School auditioned for the MMEA All-State Elementary Honor Choir and were chosen to be participants. †This choir works†in conjunction with the Mississippi Music Educators Association.† The choir will perform during the MMEA State Conference in the spring. †All three are fifth graders at Pontotoc Middle School and were sponsored by Mrs. Leslie Mitchell, music teacher at D.T. Cox Elementary School. † Over 400 children auditioned and 175 were selected. †These are the first students in the history of the choir to represent Pontotoc City Schools.
PES visits PMS
PES Visits PMS
At the end of October, the first graders at Pontotoc Elementary School visited the new garden at Pontotoc Middle School. †First graders visited stations run by middle school students. †They explained the gardening process, had the opportunity to taste†vegetables, exercised, and learned about living a healthy lifestyle.
Renaming Field
On Friday, October 16, 2015, during the pregame activities in the Hollow, the Pontotoc City School District honored one of its own - Coach Tommy Morton - by renaming the football field in his honor. †Coach Morton has served the Pontotoc City Schools for the better part of the last 42 years. †He is currently serving as an assistant coach for the football team, as he has for the past 11 years. †Coach Morton has positively†influenced our community for many years and we are delighted to have the opportunity to honor him and his family.

Warrior Day, 2015
Warrior Day Fun!!!

Attendance Award 1 - Students
Congratulations to DT Cox Elementary †School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 1st reporting period!
Attendance Award 1 - Employees
Congratulations to Pontotoc Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 1st reporting period!
NE MS Career Expo, 2015
In early October, our 8th graders at PJHS participated in the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo. †The Expo gave the 8th graders in our area the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and it was a great opportunity for our students to take the first steps in planning for their future. †We'd like to say a special thank you to all the sponsors, business participants,†planners, and volunteers. †This was a great event for our students! † †

Morton Invitation
Homecoming Week Activities, 2015
for the week of†
Homecoming 2015
have been announced! †

Click here to view the flyer.
Attendance is important!
School attendance is important everyday!
Research proves that students who come to school daily are more like to perform better and learn more. †October and November are especially important months because Mississippi funds our schools based on daily attendance in those two months. †Our schools are working to make attendance a priority. †At DT Cox Elementary School, Spiderman came to school one day to ensure that all students were present and learning. †At Pontotoc High School, classes with perfect attendance were rewarded with popcorn served by our Halloween Attendance Committee. †Please make sure your children are at school all day, everyday.
Football, 2015
Pontotoc Warriors
Defeat North Pontotoc†Vikings!
On Friday, September 18th, the Pontotoc Warriors defeated the North Pontotoc Vikings in the 5th game of the season by a score of 39 to 14 . †The Warriors, currently 3-2 on the season, will play Ripley at home on September 25th. †Please join us for the game. †
PMS Kickoff, 2015
On Thursday, September 17th, students, parents, faculty, staff, community volunteers, and administrators joined together to celebrate the Springing into Motion project at Pontotoc Middle School, made possible through a grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. †This project includes gardening, farming, and using the products to show students the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. †Students have the opportunity to put all curriculum areas - reading, language arts, math, and science - into action by participating in the farm-to-table initiative. †Fruits,†vegetables, and eggs will be used in the school cafeteria. †Teachers are working to instill the qualities of a healthy lifestyle for their students.

The Kickoff was a fun event! †The PHS Jazz Band played as visitors toured the gardens. †Administrators and community volunteers offered words of encouragement and support. †Sheila Grogan, Executive Director of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, presented a†check to school officials, including†school board members, Frankie Moorman and Shane Clayton . †Mayor Jeff Stafford cooked a delicious dinner†of grilled chicken, vegetables, and fruit. †The project will continue to develop into Spring, 2016.††††

National Anthem
Pontotoc Jr. High School participated in the third annual National Anthem simultaneous sing-a-long. †At noon, September 11th,students nationwide sang in unity our National Anthem. This event was a part of a year-long celebration of the 200th birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner.†

Our PJHS students were on the front lawn and, at noon, Darla Robinson lead the school in singing the Star Spangled Banner. †The students were welcomed by Principal Phil Webb and joined by policemen from the City of Pontotoc, including Chief Randy Tutor. †Thank you, Mrs. Robinson, for singing with us!

Attendance is important!
School is off to a good start in all our buildings. †We do have several reminders for you:

1) It is very important that students are in school, all day, every day, to successfully learn our curriculum.

2) If a student must be absent, late, or checked out, that is an absence that must be addressed. †The student is expected to submit a written note from the parent/guardian or doctor, within three days of the absence, certifying that the absence was a lawful absence. Students are allowed five parental excuses per semester. †Administrative absences can be approved by the principal. †All other absences are unexcused. †Students are expected to make up all work missed.

3) When a student accumulates five unlawful absences, the student will be referred to the†School Attendance Officer.

4) Students are expected to be on time for all school activities. †Tardiness is a disruption to the school day.†

If you have any additional attendance questions, please contact your child's school.
All Sports Celebration, 2015
Pontotoc High School
Student Athletes
for winning the
Clarion Ledger 4A All Sports Award!
Thank you, Mr. Jimmy Wilder, for our new sign.
Meet & Greet, 2015
Meet & Greet
Please visit your child's school and meet the teachers for the 2015-16 school year. †All Meet & Greet events are come and go. †They will begin at 4:00 PM and end at 6:30 PM. †Enjoy this time to get to know our faculty and staff.
Pontotoc Elementary (K-2) - Tuesday, August 4th

All Other Schools - Thursday, August 6th
DT Cox Elementary School (3 - 4)
Pontotoc Middle School (5 - 6)
Pontotoc Jr. High School (7 - 8)
Pontotoc High School (9 - 12)

MASS Scholarship
Kaleb Barnes wins Superintendentsí Scholarship

Kaleb Barnes has been selected to receive a 2015 Mississippi Association of School Superintendentsí Scholarship in the amount of $1000.† Pontotoc City School District Superintendent Karen L. Tutor nominated Kaleb.† He submitted an essay and was selected from more than 118 applicants from across the state.† Kaleb will attend Itawamba Community College in the upcoming school year and be a part of the ICC Baseball Team.† He is the son of James and Marie Barnes. Congratulations, Kaleb!